The Town of Swampscott is currently working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to perform a parking analysis study of the downtown Humphrey Street area. The Town has been focusing on the revitalization of its historic downtown over the past 10+ years. Now that a number of planning projects have been performed, the Town is moving into implementation on many of the steps recommended in those planning objectives. Significant streetscape improvements have been made including the installation of sidewalk extensions, bicycle lanes, and (soon) new historic lighting.
The community has seen strong business activity within this district. There are many great dining establishments that are complimented by service, specialty goods, clothing, and convenience shops. With the opening of new businesses as well as the creation of the Humphrey Street Overlay Zoning District, the Town is now focused on analyzing and developing a parking management plan for this district.
Planners from MAPC have been collecting parking statistics in the district over the summer which will continue into this fall. As part of that this study, we are also looking for feedback and information from our Town residents, businesses, and visitors.
A short survey is available to help provide this feedback. Please visit the online survey in order to provide your thoughts about parking in the downtown Humphrey Street area. The survey will be available until Wednesday, November 22, 2017. You may use the online form or pick up a paper copy in Town Hall or the Public Library.
MAPC plans to provide a parking analysis (existing conditions and needs) as well as recommendations for improved parking management within the downtown business district. This plan will help guide the Town on ways to better manage what parking is available, opportunities for increased parking, and ways to better ensure parking spaces turn over so others can have the opportunity to shop and visit the downtown area.
For more information or questions, contact: Pete Kane, Director of Community Development.